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The Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Collection comprises books, films, and other resources that foster communication and discussion on diversity, inclusion, and belonging at HKS, and that represent and celebrate the multitude of identities and backgrounds that make up our vibrant community. It features texts that highlight the direct experiences – whether joyful, painful, or otherwise – of those who have faced systemic marginalization and oppression, historically and/or today; and it primarily focuses on literary nonfiction, memoirs, essays, as well as fiction.

The collection is driven primarily by input from members of the HKS community as well as key partners, such as the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging (ODIB) and Institutional Antiracist and Accountability (IARA) initiative within the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.

As a rule of thumb, titles in the DIB Collection are primarily titles that highlight experiences and identities. Research or policy-focused titles may also be included on a case-by-case basis, especially if they focus on personal experiences of or advice to faculty, staff, and student communities.

The DIB Collection is available for browsing online and in-person in the HKS Library Commons.

Featured Collection Items

"Four Hundred Souls" cover

A "choral history" of African Americans covering 400 years of history in the voices of 80 writers. 2019 marked the four hundredth anniversary of the first African presence in the Americas–and also launched the Four Hundred Souls project, spearheaded by Ibram X. Kendi, director of the Antiracism Institute of American University, and Keisha Blain, editor of The North Star. They've gathered together eighty black writers from all disciplines – historians and artists, journalists and novelists–each of whom has contributed an entry about one five-year period to create a dynamic multivoiced single-volume history of black people in America. - adapted from publisher description.

"Appalachian Reckoning" cover

With hundreds of thousands of copies sold, a Ron Howard movie in the works, and the rise of its author as a media personality, J. D. Vance's Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis has defined Appalachia for much of the nation. Appalachian Reckoning is a retort, at turns rigorous, critical, angry, and hopeful, to the long shadow Hillbilly Elegy has cast over the region and its imagining. But it also moves beyond Hillbilly Elegy to allow Appalachians from varied backgrounds to tell their own diverse and complex stories. Complicating simplistic visions that associate the region almost exclusively with death and decay, Appalachian Reckoning makes clear Appalachia's intellectual vitality, spiritual richness, and progressive possibilities. - adapted from publisher description.

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Born in Ecuador and brought to the United States when she was five years old, journalist Karla Cornejo Villavicencio weaves her own story among those of the eleven million undocumented who have been thrust into the national conversation today as never before. In New York, we meet the undocumented workers who were recruited in the federally funded Ground Zero cleanup after 9/11. In Miami we enter the hidden botanicas, which offer witchcraft and homeopathy to those whose status blocks them from any other healthcare options. In Flint, Michigan, we witness how many live in fear as the government issues raids at grocery stores and demands identification before offering life-saving clean water. These remarkable stories of hope and resilience help us understand what it truly means to be American. - adapted from publisher description.

"Our History is the Future" cover

In 2016, a small protest encampment at the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota, initially established to block construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline, grew into the largest Indigenous protest movement in the 21st century, attracting tens of thousands of Indigenous and non-Native allies from around the world. Its slogan "Mni Wiconi" - Water is Life - was about more than just a pipeline. In Our History is the Future: Standing Rock versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance, Nick Estes traces traditions of Indigenous resistance leading to the #NoDAPL movement from the days of the Missouri River trading forts through the Indian Wars, the Pick-Sloan dams, the American Indian Movement, and the campaign for Indigenous rights at the United Nations. - adapted from publisher description.

"Her Body and Other Parties" cover

A collection of short stories about the realities of women's lives and the violence visited upon their bodies. A wife refuses her husband's entreaties to remove the green ribbon from around her neck. A woman recounts her sexual encounters as a plague slowly consumes humanity. A salesclerk in a mall makes a horrifying discovery within the seams of the store's prom dresses. One woman's surgery-induced weight loss results in an unwanted houseguest. And in "Especially Heinous," Machado re-imagines every episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, a show we naïvely assumed had shown it all, generating a phantasmagoric police procedural full of doppelgängers, ghosts, and girls with bells for eyes. - adapted from publisher description.

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